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Hitting the Gas: Aston Martin Goes Racing With Hydrogen

• Damon Lavrinc via

If you needed more proof that endurance racing, and not Formula Un, is where the real innovation lies, check this out: Aston Martin will field the first hydrogen-powered race car to compete in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

None other than company CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez flogged the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S prototype around the ‘Ring to mark the first time a hydrogen-running, no pollution-emitting car lapped the 14-mile circuit known far and wide as The Green Hell. The boss’ lap came before the Aston team and its partners at Alset Global ran a reconnaissance race at the four-hour ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN series. The car finished the race with no technical issues.

“To have run full laps on hydrogen gas alone during the four-hour event is an exceptional ‘first’,” Bez said in a statement. “And I now hope that we can stabilize the system and further improve the Rapide S so we can complete the 24-hour race … with many zero emission laps.”

The racer, based on the utterly gorgeous, if completely impractical, Rapide sedan, will be the first zero-emissions hydrogen vehicle to compete in an international endurance event.


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